Category: student

Keep It Real.

GCSE exams are coming up. Teachers are starting to lay it on thick that just relying on classwork isn’t enough and that you need to start to revise. You’re likely already sick of hearing about it. But what sort of learner are you? Do you like to be prepared and have used some of the holidays to look over your notes and flicked through the set texts? Have you convinced yourself that you work better under pressure and there’s still time? Or have you been lying […]

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“A B C easy as 1 2 3?”

Is 1,2,3 as easy as A,B,C? Progress 8 and the new GCSE grading system. According to the Jackson 5, it should all be that easy. However, many parents are still getting to grips with the new grading systems that were implemented for the GCSE and A Level exams. Instead of A* to G, the system now runs 1-9. But what does this mean? In the Progress 8 grading system, students are assessed using 1 to 9, where 1 is the lowest achievement and 9 is […]

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Uh-oh Spaghetti-oh

Today is the day I vanquish my demons. Today, I embrace that which has kept me up at night. Today, I tell you the real truth behind my nightmares. Imagine being so scared you couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning over and over again all because some genius chef couldn’t do maths properly. Anyway, enough of the time wasting today I’m here to tell you about something very important….spaghetti. I know what you’re thinking, “how can spaghetti keep you awake at night it’s delicious?” Well you […]

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Advanced Reading Exercise, Week #2.

The answers from last week’s advanced reading quiz are: 1) A ship and 2) A raven/crow. (They look alike therefore we’ll allow either, since the reading exercise was a visual description.) Congrats to everyone who attempted the exercise, it was a tricky one to start with! This week’s exercises read: I’m the lifeblood of all, fluid and frigid. The power I grasp can slaughter the safety of a tiny construction, uplift and dissolve it, tout de suite. My depravity however, ends there for my powers […]

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Introduction to Macros: Protein only for GymBros?

Very much like the other 2 food groups, people have their presumptions and associated stereotypes, even with protein. Starting with the idea that protein is only for gym bros, through to the idea that it makes you bulky, all the way down to the idea that you can only find it in meat. Exactly NONE of those are true. The protein intake for athletes is higher than the standard person, that much is true, however “athletes” here doesn’t strictly outline ONLY pro-athletes, or “gym bros” […]

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Introduction to Macros: Does fat make you fat?

How essential are fats really? Fats are one of the three food groups, and most often the most hated component of all foods, literally ever. When people hear “fat” it makes them question their food choices, but why? We should not be afraid of fats, as long as they are not the saturated kind. Saturated fats are typically found in processed foods, which usually aren’t that great for the body anyway, so it’s important to keep your intake of those at a moderate level. This […]

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Introduction to Macros: Carbs- yay or nay?

Very often the simple mention of the term “macros” freaks people out, and it definitely shouldn’t, because knowing how to fuel your system isn’t taught to many of us until quite late on in our lives. Your food will break down into two categories- either macronutrients, or micronutrients. An easy way to remember which one is which, is simply the fact that macros are calories, and micros aren’t. Both of the groups are important, as your micros will involve things like vitamins, minerals, fibre etc, […]

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How toxic is cancel culture?

We have all, at some point, said someone was cancelled. Whether that be Jeffree Star, Liam Neeson, Harvey Weinstein, or Donald Trump. From our peers, through to celebrities, all the way up to politicians. And some of them even rightly so. But how problematic is “cancel culture” exactly? Well, let’s consider where majority of the things people get “cancelled” for come from. For the vast majority of our problematic favourites, it wasn’t something said recently and publicly, but rather a statement from years ago dug […]

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Everybody wants to be famous

Feeling like a boss, and Staring at the stars, it Doesn’t matter the cost, ’cause Everybody wants to be famous …According to the adults working in statistics anyway. But what do they really mean by this? What is it that they are really getting at? Here’s what I think: their comments aren’t ungrounded, although I think they have assumed the link of causation, a little at least. Okay, now I’m the one being convoluted – what an earth do I mean? Well, there has been […]

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Paley’s Watchmaker

Ahhh…the watchmaker. The theologians’ favourite analogy due to it’s absolutely brutal duality. This argument divides the room like no other and here is how: Postulated by William Paley, with contributions from names such as Joseph Butler, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and even the messiah of modern atheism, Richard Dawkins, it outlines the idea that the very intricate design of a watch, (read- “universe”) implies that it must absolutely have a maker, or creator. Or HIM. The big guy upstairs. It is a teleological argument, which means it […]

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